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Environment Protection Authority

Environmental Issues

Air - NSW overview

Managing particles and improving air quality in NSW

Reducing particle pollution is a priority for the EPA, based on evidence that:

  • communities in urban and regional NSW are exposed to particle pollution which is harmful to health
  • there are feasible, cost effective actions available to governments, industry and the community to reduce particle emissions
  • reducing particle pollution will deliver substantial health and economic gains.

Managing Particles and Improving Air Quality in NSW presents:

  • the principles the EPA has adopted for managing particles
  • the evidence on which the EPA bases management of particles
  • a fully funded set of actions to reduce particle emissions in urban and regional NSW, targeting priority locations and sources to achieve the greatest public health benefit.

Further information

For more information on particles and air quality, see the EPA's:

Review of the health impacts of emission sources, types and levels of particulate matter air pollution in ambient air in NSW

The Centre for Air Quality and Health Research and Evaluation (CAR) has completed a comprehensive review of published evidence on the health effects of exposure to particulate matter in ambient air.

Review of the health impacts of emission sources, types and levels of particulate matter air pollution in ambient air in NSW (PDF 3MB) presents information from international and Australian scientific literature on the characteristics and health effects of particles of various types, sizes and composition. The report focuses on particle emissions from sources of likely exposure for the population of NSW, including:

  • coal mining and transportation
  • coal-fired power stations
  • on-road vehicles and non-road diesel exhaust (machinery and shipping)
  • wood heaters
  • bushfires and hazard reduction burns.

NSW Health and the Environment Protection Authority provided funding to support the research. The report is published on the Centre for Air Quality and Health Research and Evaluation (CAR) website.

The format and structure of this publication may have been adapted for web delivery.

Page last updated: 01 March 2016